Fernando Alonso may have added to his advantage over Michael Schumacher in Istanbul, but Ferrari are almost level with Renault in the constructors’ championship. Let’s take a look at how all the drivers and teams are performing statistically.
Another solid points finish for Pedro de la Rosa has brought him level with David Coulthard. Juan Pablo Montoya scored twenty-six points in ten starts; replacement de la Rosa now has fourteen from four with a further four to go. No wonder McLaren are seriously considering retaining him for 2007.
The closely fought battle for third place changed drastically with Massa’s maiden victory. He is now set to leave Giancarlo Fisichella and Kimi Raikkonen behind, the latter having failed to score in the last two rounds.
The championship duellists have each failed to score only once this season. The spread of their results is so similar that the new championship points system introduced in 2003 doesn’t make an enormous difference to the gap between them. Alonso’s 12 point lead is one less than it would be under 1991-2002 points.
That is also the same distance between Toyota, fifth, and BMW, sixth, after Ralf Schumacher’s seventh place in Turkey.
Michael Schumacher has had more top three starts (nine) than Alonso (eight) and would surely have had one more had it not been for his indiscretion at Monaco. Massa, too, has had more than Fisichella, and he also became the sixth polesitter of the year at Turkey.
The two Ferrari drivers certainly have the most reliable cars – not a single mechanical failure during a race this year. They have eight more races to achieve a perfect run of reliability, but should one such failure befall Schumacher it could terminate his championship chances.